Do you hate your job?

Are you in a job that you really dislike? Are you asking yourself how you landed here? You asked all the right questions in the interview, you researched the company, and yet now you dread going to work.

Some signs that you hate your job:

  • You start your countdown for the weekend very early on Monday morning.  
  • You enjoy getting sick because a day at home with the flu is better than being in that office.  
  • The sound of your boss' voice causes you to throw up a little in your mouth.  
  • You fantasize about horrible things happening to your coworkers. 

If you can relate to any of these statements, it's time to make a change.

First Things First- Adjust your Attitude
Ironically, the hardest time to look for a new position is when you are miserable in your current one.  Misery doesn't look good on anyone and it's not something you can mask.  Don't fool yourself into thinking you can hide it. You need to find a way to shake the misery before you hit the interview circuit.

The first step is to recognize that this is your job and not your life. You need to stop allowing your workplace to affect you on a personal level.  Stop taking everything so seriously and learn to laugh at the idiocy that surrounds you.  Reading Dilbert cartoons will probably help you to see the humor in your work life.

The next step is to focus on spending time doing things you enjoy.  Going for a hike with your spouse on weekends can do wonders for clearing your brain.  Go see a comedy.  Plan a weekend with your friends. Buy yourself something new.  Do what it takes to make you smile and relieve the 'icky workplace feeling.'

In a few weeks you will start to feel a little better and you might even consider staying at your current job.  I don't recommend it.  Use your new positive attitude to start your job search.

Job Search and Networking
You've done the job search route before and you know the drill.  Get your resume' in order and ask a few people to review it for you.

Don't post your resume' on a job site like Monster or Career Builder unless you are ok with your current employer knowing your intentions.  However, you can set up an email alert from most employment sites and you will get instant notification if any job is listed that fits your search criteria.

Contact some of the professional staffing agencies. Don't assume they only deal with temporary positions for receptionists.  Many of them also handle professional positions that are long term or even permanent.

You have probably heard that about 80% of all open positions are never advertised to the public.  How do you find one of them?  Networking.  Start by sending an email to your close friends and trusted colleges.  Word it carefully and positively.  At this point in my career, I am considering moving into a new position where I can use my marketing and sales skills to an even greater degree.  If you hear of an opportunity, please keep me in mind. 

Blue Skies Ahead
You will feel better once you have started your job search.  Your dreary days in a position you don't like will take on a temporary feel that is much more tolerable.  Spend a few hours each week sending out emails, checking company websites, sending cover letters and resume's and eventually, interviewing.  When you start to feel discouraged, indulge yourself in daydream where you tell your idiot boss that you will only be his servant for 2 more weeks.

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